A common fertility myth — and one that often crops up in movies – is that if someone wants to get pregnant, they can maximize the chances of conception by lying with their legs in the air after sex or artificial insemination.
The “logic” seems to be that gravity helps sperm make its way through the cervix so it can fertilize a waiting egg, leading to conception. Some studies have found that remaining immobile for any time up to 15 minutes after insemination can have a positive impact on conception, but there is little evidence to suggest that gravity is needed in the process.
And while it’s easy to see where the sense in this idea is, what are the facts? We asked an expert to explain whether holding your legs up helps you get pregnant.